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Performing Arts - Musical Theatre (Extended) Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

A triple threat course where you will refine your skills in singing, dancing and acting whilst advancing your indivduality and performance technique. You will study and train in a variety of areas including: singing technique, rehearsal technique, principles of acting, storytelling, devising, ballet, jazz, commercial dance and performing arts as a business. All assessments are written and developed to enable students to gain and develop practical skills whilst gaining a qualification. You will undertake an additional LAMDA qualification to support your progression to sought after drama schools and/​or universities and develop your performance skills. LAMDA qualifications are recognised by UCAS and contribute towards your points calculation.

This course will be taught by our partners at The Eastern School of Performing Arts.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 4/​C or above including English and maths, and a successful audition at one of our audition days.

Additional Information

You will be expected to commit to rehearsal schedules and some additional hours for performances. You will be required to wear uniform for classes as per the essential kit list provided before starting the course. The course is run in collaboration with Eastern School of Performing Arts (ESPA). ESPA is based in the centre of Stamford, with their own performing arts building including 4 studios, classrooms, common rooms and kitchen facilities. ESPA provides industry experienced tutors for all of their courses, enabling students to develop skills required for their next steps. 

Potential Future Career

Successful completion of this course will allow you to progress to the HND in Performing Arts at The Eastern School of Performing Arts or study at prestigious performing arts schools. Previous students have gone on to study at establishments such as: Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama, Italia Conti, Liverpool Theatre School, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and Stella Mann..

Course Content

You will study the following units:

  • Principles of Performance
  • Engaging with an audience
  • Introduction to professional practice
  • Critical and contextual studies
  • Production skills and context
  • Performance skills and context
  • Preparation for specialist study
  • Collaborative Performance Project
  • Developing Performance and Production Skills
  • Preparing for progression
  • Exploration of specialist study and context
  • Extended Project


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The tutors are great and give you all the support and skills you need to become a well-rounded performer. I’m now studying the HNC in Acting at University Centre Stamford to build a great portfolio.

Zara Whitwell



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